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The Blue & Gray Press | May 24, 2019

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Theatre presents scandalous 17th century play “The Country Wife”

April 17, 2019 |

Senior Writer
“The Country Wife” is unlike any show I have seen put on by the UMW theatre department. Read More

UMW Theatre partners with local children’s program

February 20, 2019 |

Staff Writer
A group of theatre students at the University of Mary Washington are taking their skills out into the Fredericksburg community; specifically, to the younger members.Read More

Theatre production comments on childish behavior seen in adults

February 20, 2019 |

Senior Writer
When the parents of two boys that got into a fight meet to figure out what to do next, things get a little hairy.Read More

UMW Theatre bids farewell to Julie Hodge after 30 years

December 6, 2018 |

Staff Writer
Julie Hodge has been working for the UMW theatre department for 23 years, longer than most students have even been alive. She has spent the majority of her teaching career working here and has loved every minute of it.Read More

Community support: a spectator sport

November 15, 2018 |

Staff Writer
Community is built in part by invested fans at sporting events cheering for and supporting their local teams, encouraging the players to do their best, cheering for successes and consoling the team in the case of a loss.Read More

Three seniors light up the stage in “Merrily We Roll Along”

November 8, 2018 |

Staff Writer
This season, the UMW Theatre Department is presenting the musical “Merrily We Roll Along” at Klein Theatre.Read More

UMW Theatre presents jazzy musical,”Merrily We Roll Along”

November 8, 2018 |

Online Editor
“Merrily We Roll Along” is the latest show being performed by UMW students at Klein Theatre.Read More

UMW Theatre presents ancient Greek tragedy with “Medea”

April 19, 2018 |


Senior Writer

The story of Medea is like no other; it’s a heart wrenching tale of a woman who gave everything up for a man, only for him to leave her for his own political aspirations.Read More

Lydia Hundley plays Medea in latest main stage production

April 11, 2018 |


Senior Writer

Lydia Hundley, a senior theatre major, has been involved in theatre since grade school.Read More

Michael Benson joins theatre department as set designer

March 1, 2018 |


Senior Writer

Michael Benson grew up in the theatre and has been going to shows since he was three years old. His father was a high school English teacher that also directed the musicals at his high school. One of Benson’s earliest memories is when he saw one of his father’s productions, “Fiddler on the Roof.” He remembers being terrified by the character Fruma-Sarah.Read More

“Dead Man’s Cell Phone” opens in Klein Theater, warns audiences about over reliance on technology

February 22, 2018 |


Senior Writer

Cell phones are often an important aspect of people’s lives these days. They seem to be a lifeline to most, an essential for their social lives, or even their careers. Even though Sarah Ruhl’s play, “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” is over 10 years old, it is still relevant today. “You will never walk alone, because you have a machine in your pocket that might ring,” reads a line from the play, and it still rings true. “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” is an unorthodox story, with good lessons that give the audience something to think about. It makes you want to turn your phone off for a while and join the land of the living.Read More

Ashleigh DiBenedetto to star in upcoming UMW theatre production

February 8, 2018 |


Managing Editor

In the midst of final exams last December, the UMW theatre department was just beginning what would be their first mainstage production of the new year: “Dead Man’s Cell Phone.” On top of their group projects, papers, presentations and exams, UMW theatre students prepared for auditions and planned out their next semester – an early testament to the time and effort put into this piece of art. Read More

UMW Style: the characters of ‘Macbeth’ show off medieval Scottish couture

April 13, 2017 |


“My attire just got an upgrade actually because I recently killed the King and I figured I’d take the crown. I found this really nice coat in my closet, and it’s so heavy that it makes it difficult to go down the stairs, but it looks great. I have a pretty rad belt, it looks kind of WWE. I have a lot of red now and it kind of brings out my eyes.”Read More

“Steel Magnolias” prepares to debut as theatre students settle into roles

February 9, 2017 |


Interest mounts and attention turns to the stage as the house lights dim and the actors are lit up in colorful costumes against the set. The music fades into the background and disappears. The actors begin their performance and the audience is transported back to Louisiana in the 1980s.

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UMW Theatre’s musical, ‘Drood,’ is an ambitious murder mystery

November 10, 2016 |


Last Thursday night, locals, students and musical lovers congregated in duPont Hall for the premiere of the murder mystery musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood.Read More

‘Assistance’ wows audience with insight to post-college life

October 5, 2016 |


The University of Mary Washington’s Theatre Department debuted “Assistance” on Thursday Sept. 29, at Klein Theatre.Read More

Klein Theatre lets it go with latest production, “Frozen”

February 18, 2016 |


It was a cold night, Thursday, Feb. 11, as audience members rushed into the University of Mary Washington’s Klein Theatre, located in duPont Hall, and filled their seats. Little did they know, the topic of the newest play “Frozen” would be just as bone-chilling as the cold night air they just escaped from.
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‘The Drunken City’ contemplates marriage and relationships

February 17, 2015 |


This past weekend, the newest production from the University of Mary Washington theatre department premiered in Klein Theatre to packed crowds.Read More

‘The Drunken City’ is coming to Klein Theatre

February 12, 2015 |


A bachelorette party gone wild will soon be on display at the University of Mary Washington. “The Drunken City” is the next highly anticipated production brought to campus by the UMW theatre department. This modern and glamorous play brings all the fun and humor of “Sex And the City” on an action-packed stage. The tension and excitement will be palpable in the Klein Theater as the actors bring the characters to life.Read More


October 1, 2014 |


Controversy, religion, lies, sexuality, nuns, accusations, dramatic lighting and intensity; these are all things that the University of Mary Washington theatre department brought to the Klein Theatre stage with their first production of the 2014-2015 season, John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize winning “Doubt.”Read More

'Doubt' comes to Klein Theatre

September 24, 2014 |


With an intimate cast of only four people and roughly four weeks to prepare, “Doubt” will kick off the University of Mary Washington’s 2014-2015 theatre season.Read More

'Lysistrata' brings sex strike to Klein Theatre

April 17, 2014 |

Choas and feminist themes combine in the highly satirical representation of the ancient Greek play “Lysistrata,” performed at the University of Mary Washington this spring.Read More

Tiny cast supplies big talent in ‘Always… Patsy Cline’

February 12, 2014 |

Always…Patsy Cline, the first production of the semester, opened in Klein Theater last week. This production includes a two-person cast, in addition to a live band and offstage background singers.Read More

'Moon' Coming 'Over' Mary Washington

February 8, 2012 |

The University of Mary Washington’s Department of Theatre and Dance is hard at work putting together the play “Moon Over Buffalo,” which will premiere Thursday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. in Klein Theatre, DuPont Hall.

“Moon Over Buffalo,” by Ken … Read More